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Thursday, May 18 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
The Business Imperative For Improving Diversity and Inclusion: Part 2
TRACK: Equity and Youth

This is Part Two of a two-part session on "The Business Imperative For Improving Diversity and Inclusion". See Part One (immediately prior, from 2:30 - 3:30p on Thursday) here. Attendance at both sessions is highly recommended, but not required.

There is growing awareness that it is in the collective best interest of the AEC industry to foster a more inclusive workplace. In 2012, AIA reported that 18% of members were women and only 9% were minorities.  In the U.S. and many other industrialized countries, the trend line is clear. Businesses will need to address the scenario of growing diversity in the available talent pool. A diverse workforce is essential to delivering innovative, effective, and culturally relevant services. Diversity means moving beyond stereotypes of gender, culture, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexuality, physical abilities and economic background to form teams of talented professionals creating socially and environmentally impactful work. Inclusion spurs creativity and innovation is born from an engaged culture of diverse people, ideas and perspectives.

In the second part of this two-part discussion, participants will have an opportunity to engage panel members and to continue the conversation in smaller breakout groups. Breakout group participants will be invited to share some of the challenges and successes they are currently seeing in their own organizations.

Want to learn more about this session? Read our interview with speaker Julie Hiromoto here!    

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Francis Janes

Just Manager, International Living Future Institute
Francis came to the Institute with a broad range of management experience in the Information Technology, Food Service and Financial Services sectors. Most recently, he served as Vice President at Beneficial State Bank, a mission driven community bank and a pioneer in socially responsible... Read More →

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Gabrielle Bullock

Director of Global Diversity, Perkins + Will
Gabrielle Bullock, FAIA, NOMA, IIDA, LEED APGabrielle oversees Perkins+Will’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement program, which works to support and strengthen a firmwide culture that embraces a diversity of people, colors, creeds, credos, talents, thoughts, and ideas. Her unique role as an award-winning principal and the firm’s Director of Global Diversity enables her to combine her passion... Read More →
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Anthony Guerrero

Director of Facilities and Sustainability, Natural Resources Defense Council
As Senior Director of Facilities and Administration, Anthony leads development of sustainability strategies for the core operations of NRDC, focusing on the triple bottom line: social equity, sustaining the environment and financial viability. Anthony puts in practice the principles... Read More →
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Julie Hiromoto

Vice President, HKS
As a Vice President at HKS, Julie manages complex and large-scale projects, balancing design excellence and technical expertise. Her wide-ranging architecture portfolio includes urban design to revitalize the urban core, hospitality interiors, corporate headquarter interiors... Read More →
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Rachell Morris

Principal, ZGF Architects LLP
Rachell Morris is a Principal at ZGF Architects LLP where she manages operations and human resources in multiple offices on the East and West Coast. Over the last 14 years, her responsibilities have involved leading the growth of the Los Angeles office, supervising the administrative... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm PDT
Westin: Ballroom 3 (Grand Level)